this year i learned how to paint plates. it seems silly because of all those paint your own pottery places in the u.s., but it's actually a really specific process. and you have to follow the steps precisely! (this is not something i've been very good at in the past). i'm still learning a lot every day.
i had the chance to tour one extraordinary pottery "factory" here in the netherlands. i am completely humbled by the work of these artists.
every item is hand casted, hand painted, and hand polished. the craftsmanship that goes into each individual plate, bowl, or vase is remarkable!
you know the whole "slow food" movement? well, get this: a "slow art movement" is equally important for a sustainable economy. when you buy a handmade item (as opposed to target or ikea where the products are imported from somewhere else) you support the arts! and really, there's nothing more important than the arts. i mean, who do you think designs everything you use? the artists.